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This Is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion Hardcover – May 6, 2008
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Unfortunately, I can't say many good things about this autobiography. Tito talks mostly about his troubled youth and how he got into the fight game. He details his early drug use, his romances (and his many infidelities), his feuds with other fighters and UFC president Dana White, and his charitable activities. I wish he'd given as much attention to his fights--the strategies, or breaking down how the fight went. Instead, he recaps most of his fights in a paragraph or two, giving the name and date of the event , a few sentences about how the fight unfolded, an excuse if he lost (nearly always an injury that kept him from training to his fullest potential), and what was on his t-shirt (he considers his t-shirts to be one of his trademarks--I never paid much attention to them myself). I wasn't expecting a book on fighting strategy, necessarily, but it would have been more interesting. What we get instead is a celebrity bio, with some entertaining takes on some other fighters and celebrities.
If there's any insight given in this book it comes early in some advice Tito got from fellow fighter Tank Abbott: "You talk the smack to make people either love you or hate you. Once they love you or hate you, then they'll talk about you. If they stop talking about you, then you've got problems." Above all else, Tito knows how to market himself.
Unfortunately, the rest of the book is fairly insufferable.Read more ›
The sad point of this story is that Tito tries to prove himself a successful martial artist- while he is a successful fighter, I have to say that this man is strictly without honor. He mistreats his pregnant wife and then goes on to brag about his constant affairs.
He may have lots of wins and money, but he proves himself to be of even lower character than his father and poor childhood. I think his main point of redemption was his winnings, yet he abandoned his son and seems proud of that.
Overall, this book is one long brag about using women like kleenex, poor descriptions of training, (I lifted weights. I ran. I won and beat him up!)
Poor Ortiz is barely even a character- it's like a stream of conciousness narrative.
I read it fifteen minutes and it was waay too much. I would not recommed this book to any martial artist. If you are a female martial artist it will be good to get mad on and then hit the bag, that's all.
"This is Gonna Hurt" is an autobiography of the short life of one Tito Ortiz. Among the revelations and themes of this book:
* Tito clearly has a vendetta with Dana White, who he excoriates as a two-faced wannabe' - no news there. I doubt these two will be exchanging Christmas cards.
* He paints an unflattering picture of Chuck Liddell as a lackey of the UFC, a "company man." At one point, he describes Liddell as a trailer park kind of guy who walks around in flip-flops and T-shirts
* When he wasn't in the ring, Tito had a hard time (no pun intended) keeping it in his pants, as he was flagrantly unfaithful to his wife (Kristin) and the mother of his child
* Growing up was not exactly an Ozzie and Harriett environment for little Tito, who writes that he was doing drugs and downing beers by age five. The guy deserves credit for rising above his upbringing.
* He describes his courtship of porn star Jenna Jameson. Hey -- who says romance is dead?! This pairing must make it interesting when they have friends over for "home movie" night!
Overall, Tito comes off refreshingly candid. He lays it all out there and does not try to portray himself as any kind of saint. I must say that seeing him during his season on The Ultimate Fighter and later on Celebrity Apprentice, he came off as being very personable. His following in the UFC seemed disproportionate to his ring success. I'm hard-pressed to recall when he last beat a top-level MMA fighter - no disrespect to Forest Griffith, who is superb and who fought valiantly in their bout. Tito never beat Liddell. Never beat Couture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book if you want to know about the life of tito. Problem is he focuses too little on his fightsPublished on June 10, 2014 by Joseph Paukman
After reading this book. I've gained a lot of insight as to who Tito Ortiz is. I have more respect for Tito as a person & as a fighter and will forever regard him as extended... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by understatement
I thought it was a great book.
He was honest about his drug use and wife cheating.
I was never a huge fan of his in the cage, but I must say he is a great writer. Read more
Their is no doubt that Tito Ortiz splits people right down the middle, you either love him or hate him! Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by nin/ja77
I got this book from the library, and I'm so glad I didn't pay for it.
The main problem is that the protagonist, Tito himself, comes off as an arrogant jerk whose head... Read more
This book was an interesting read and pretty much what I expected from the flamboyant Tito Ortiz. Tito does pretty much a linear narative from his early childhood with some... Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by CreateEnergy
Great condition, great value, great story! I like Tito Ortiz now more than before I read the book. Before I read the book, I thought he was just a cocky loudmouthed braggart. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Michael S. Quariadi